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Bravo to our Grocery superheros.

By Sam Gray

The C word has always been a dirty word (so my parents told me) - but it's now ubiquitious.

I mean Coronavirus of course. 

Whilst these are very hard times indeed and frankly it's difficult to see many positives, the way I am getting through it is to celebrate the work people and businesses are doing by pulling together in times of crisis.

Last week was one of the busiest weeks in history within grocery retailers, with sales of some products up 1000% year on year. People continued to stockpile on products including pasta, rice, meats and of course loo roll. Despite the carnage that has ensued, staff have been working through the night to stock the shelves in these unprecedented times.

And what a job they are doing - from everyone at the tills to those replenishing the shelves and their fleets of delivery drivers -  all doing their best to keep us going. 

And they need more help. My local Tesco is looking for nearly 100 new recruits across all types of roles. So if you had to take redundancy in these tough times, please go and have a look at what's on offer. Morrisons is looking for nearly 3,500 new additions nationally - there is still work out there, even if it's not what you'd usually or ideally be applying for. These are exceptional circumstances.

Likewise, we're here to talk to you about any opportunities we can - obviously many roles are on hold for the moment as businesses focus on other priorities - but that's not going to last forever so get yourself ready to move quickly once the current crisis starts to abate.

Let's do this together - keep calm and carry on everyone.

As customers continued to stockpile amid coronavirus panic, supermarket staff once again “shone” this week - with Tesco taking the victory despite 15 of the 33 items being unavailable. Own-label lines were hit at Tesco in Caernarfon, with mushrooms, cauliflower, rice and couscous among the five products out of stock. A further 10 items were not stocked. But despite the store being “busier than Christmas”, the it scored highly for standards, check-out and shop-floor service. Our mystery shopper said staff were working in “unprecedented circumstances” dealing with sometimes “troublesome” customers but were all “professional, helpful and kind”.

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